Eruv in Brooklyn
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October 23, 2009 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #761577
Now we can have the thread closed!!!October 23, 2009 9:25 pm at 9:25 pm #761578sammygolMember
If this thread continues to be strung much longer, it will encompass an area greater than 12 mil square, making it posul.
On the other hand, since according to the Rambam, to be a valid tzuras hapesach, there has to be less than 10 amos between the posts, and since neither side is giving the other as much as a tefach, it may still be kosher.
The machriah should be that, even if YWN site is a reshus horabim, and although the total number of comments may go up to 600,000, the people writing them remain small in number.
I hereby proclaim that you may not rely upon the eruv of under the halachic guidelines as set forth by sammygol and that posting in the CR during Shabbos is still not allowed. Posted on behalf of the CR Moderation PanelOctober 25, 2009 12:45 am at 12:45 am #761579
I am not debating hilchos eruvin with you. I am not denying your right to carry to to your hearys content on shabbos. I am not denying your right to disagree with R’ Dovid Feinstein. I take issue with the fact that you imply that R’ David is basicly playing politics and is not interested in facts.October 25, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am #761582
smartcookie: What are you scared of that you want this thread closed?October 25, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am #761583
sammygol: Very funny. Just one point, the fact that Brooklyn is encompassed by mechitzos would make any eruv included therein a Rambam eruv.October 25, 2009 1:12 am at 1:12 am #761584sammygolMember
When it is already Shabbos in NYC, it is still daylight farther West, for real.October 25, 2009 1:26 am at 1:26 am #761585Mezonos MavenMember
Chill out Sammy. The mod was kidding, not c’v accusing you of being a mechallel Shabbos.October 25, 2009 1:39 am at 1:39 am #761586October 25, 2009 2:57 am at 2:57 am #761587
DAVID 1999: oh, I really don’t care if the thread is open.
At first I wanted it closed bec the comments here were not too polite. But now I was just kidding, once HIE admitted that we should all do according to our daas torah, I said- now we can finally have the thread closed!! In other words, we have accomplished our goal!!October 28, 2009 2:08 am at 2:08 am #761588HIEParticipant
smartcookie, i am admitting because of all you rascles over here who don’t know halachaOctober 28, 2009 4:50 am at 4:50 am #761590
HIC – I am still wating for answers to my arguments aginst your claims, such as: show me one posek who argues that Ocean Parkway is the issue. Please state some information regarding the sefer Shomrei MitzvosOctober 28, 2009 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm #761591
Are you R’ Tuvia Goldstiens mouthpiece any more than i am R’ Dovids?
I didnt think so.
If R’ Dovid says no, for me its no, if that is how my own Rav would pasken, if i would ask him a shaayla. If my rav would say yes, despite a no from R’ Dovid, then that is how i would do. I respect my rav erudition and follow his psak. I respect his time and his dignity by not second guessing every psak with questions about others who may have issued different rulings.
If R’ Tuvias talmidim want to carry on shabbos within this eruv, so be it. If R’ Dovids dont, so be it.
I find it rather offensive, and affront to kavod hatorah (the torah, not an individual), that either side has to send mailings specifically knocking the other side.
Who was it who said that a machlokes between gedolim is one thing, but when the hamon am gets involved it goes from lishaym shamayim, to chillul hashem?October 28, 2009 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #761592WolfishMusingsParticipant
all you rascles over here who don’t know halacha
Actually, you’ve shown that YOU don’t know halacha with your false claim that abuse of an eruv by some invalidates it for all.
Unless, of course, you can quote me a better source than a sefer with no known author that may or may not exist.
The WolfOctober 28, 2009 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm #761593October 28, 2009 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #761594
“Please stop vacillating between the two distinct arguments, that Rav Moshe would still oppose an eruv”
I’m not. I keep making one point and other points keep getting brought up. Regarding THIS SPECIFIC POINT. Nobody knows what Rav Moshe would say today, because he is not around to ask. Unfortunately for us, he is dead. My argument as to who would be the most authorative person to tell us what he would say today is his closest talmidim, and in this case, that talmid happens to be his son, R’ Dovid. therefore, I am arguing that if anyone has a “right” to claim what R” Moshe would say today, it is R” Dovid.October 28, 2009 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #761595
“I believe that when the inyan is eruvin many people believe that one has to follow the opinion of those whom they crowned as a gadol and not just an ordinary rav. This is why the rabbanim who support the eruv needed a campaign to educate the public that there are many reasons to allow an eruv (even for their own constituents).”
Regarding this issue. Who had to be educated? Those who followed the minhagim of Yeshiva “X” certainly knew the psak of that yeshiva, same for those who followed Rav “X” as well as those who followed “Rebbe” X.
If it was targeted at the thugs who kept pulling down the eruv, then mass mailings to entire neighborhoods, in the hopes that some of the thugs would get the mail, was a poor strategy.October 28, 2009 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #761596October 28, 2009 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #761597
Everyone had to be educated including those whose rabbanim supported the eruv. Moreover, since the campaign against the eruv started in 1979 people became accustomed to the claim that there was no heter in the world to allow an eruv in Brooklyn. It was not just some thugs who needed this education. In any case, why do you think the anti-eruv group needed to disseminate their literature?October 28, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm #761598
Regarding your 1st point. You or your Rebbe is (i am guessing) a talmid of r” tuvia goldstein. Neither i, or my rav are. That you are sticking up for his shitta is great. On the other hand, R’ Dovid, was just as close to his father as R’ Tuvia, and discussed his shittos with him as well. If you are saying that it is a machlokes between the 2 what r’ moshes opinion would be today, fine.
Regarding the 2nd matter. You dont see anything wrong with unsigned mass mailing that makes claims about hilchos eruvin and what rabbonim who are no longer alive would say? The mailings for and against the eruv were so stupid (i really cant come up with a better word that is appropriate) that i wanted to throw it all in the garbage.October 29, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am #761599
If you were to argue that the anti-eruv booklet was asinine I would understand you since it was basically a picture booklet. However, what can possibly be wrong with the kuntres supporting the eruv which included all the halachic issues and illuminated all the sources? You can follow all the sources and arrive at your own conclusions. I suspect you did not even look at the kuntres since it did mention rabbanim who were alive.October 29, 2009 1:20 am at 1:20 am #761600Feif UnParticipant
Just to note, R’ Tuvia himself, while he disagreed with R’ Moshe zt”l, did not use the eruv, out of respect for R’ Moshe.October 29, 2009 1:57 am at 1:57 am #761601March 22, 2011 2:54 am at 2:54 am #761603
what should i do? My father goes by the eruv 9we live in Flatbush) and my mother doesn’t.March 22, 2011 3:22 am at 3:22 am #761604
Aaahhh!! This thread brings back some memories!March 22, 2011 9:10 pm at 9:10 pm #761605
What’s the shailah, brother?
Shma beni, mussar avicha,
V’al titosh toras emecha.
Is poppa saying its a MUST to carry? Or is he just giving you the green light to do so if you want to?
Is momma saying you CANT? Or just that she feels uncomfortable doing so?
Once you know the answer to this, the solution should be clear as dayMarch 22, 2011 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #761606
Is poppa saying its a MUST to carry?
I didn’t post anything on this whole thread.March 22, 2011 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm #761607
Nu, so do you? (if so, please specify if its the BP or Flatbush eruv)March 22, 2011 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #761608Derech HaMelechMember
Well you have two choices. You can either ask bpt or your LOR. Personally, I suggest bpt since I know him better so I can vouch for his good intentions.March 22, 2011 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #761609always hereParticipant
we live in Flatbush & no, we don’t hold from it.
in fact, this came up 2 Shabbosim ago, when my son-in-law (orig. from BP) carried his tallis to shul… my DH asked him if he knows if the flag is green.March 23, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am #761610
bpt i think both my parents are okay with me going against their opinion even though they probably will get offended a little. It’s the flatbush eruv….so i should go by it for sure?March 23, 2011 2:09 am at 2:09 am #761611Feif UnParticipant
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huh? nevermind thenMarch 23, 2011 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #761613
Huh? What do you mean “going against the opinion of both parents”.. I thought your father is OK with the eruv?
Regardless, what is SO important that you need to carry, if you run the risk of upsetting your mother? (Unless you’re married, and in that case, its your husbands call.)March 23, 2011 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #761614SJSinNYCMember
Assuming your father’s Rav allows the eruv, I recommend not discounting the eruv, even if you choose not to use it. There may be a time in your life where you want to use it and if you denounce it, you won’t be able to.March 23, 2011 5:45 pm at 5:45 pm #761615A Woman Outside BrooklynParticipant
Just another reason I’m glad we don’t live in Brooklyn. R’Moshe said our eruv is kosher. There’s a phone number to check on its status erev Shabbos (and with this year’s weird weather, that’s been necessary – after all, we’re talking about thin wires). When in Brooklyn for Shabbos, we do not use the eruv.March 24, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am #761616
so i was thinking just not to carry because it’s not so hard not to. but sjsinnyc now i’m scared… but it doesn’t matter, how often does it happen that someone NEEDS to carry?March 24, 2011 2:58 am at 2:58 am #761617jonasMember
I thought the orignal psak had to do with a study they did with the MTA counting cars on Ocean Parkway and foot traffic. They determined Brooklyn has too many travelers for a kosher eruv.March 24, 2011 3:47 am at 3:47 am #761618charliehallParticipant
If that *was* the reason for disqualifying an eruv in Brooklyn, then the psak can be ignored. Ocean Parkway is used by fewer than 70,000 vehicles a day, which in no way can result in the 600,000 individuals needed to disqualify an eruv. In fact, it can’t handle 600,000 even in theory, as the maximum capacity of a single highway lane is approximately 40,000 vehicles a day and that assumes no traffic lights, no backups, and peak flow for 24 hours a day.March 24, 2011 3:53 am at 3:53 am #761619GrandmasterMember
then the psak can be ignored.
charlie: You’re overruling Rav Moshe?March 24, 2011 4:32 am at 4:32 am #761620WolfishMusingsParticipant
charlie: You’re overruling Rav Moshe?
If the ruling is dependent on X number of people being present and there aren’t that number present, then saying that the ruling no longer applies is not overruling Rav Moshe.
Overruling him would be saying “even if X people are present the p’sak can be ignored.”
The Wolf (who understands the meaning of the word “if”)March 24, 2011 4:49 am at 4:49 am #761621
If Rav Moshe clearly assumed a clearly incorrect fact, then presumably we could ignore the psak.
However, I am not aware that any of the 11 reasons which were brought to argue with him at the time, and which he answers in Igros moshe, OC 5:28, were that his facts were wrong.
As it happens, it had to do with the total number of people living in Brooklyn, since he held that if there were usually 600k people on all the city’s streets combined, during times that people are in the streets, then the whole city is a R”H.
But, I am sure this thread has discussed that, and I am no expert on this at all. I just started reading his teshuvos 5 minutes ago.March 24, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am #761622SJSinNYCMember
When you are young and single, living at home, there is little need to carry.
But if you move out on your own, or get married and have kids, its a lot harder not to use the eruv.
If your family Rav says mutar, there is no need to assur the eruv for you. You can choose not to carry normally within the eruv without great need (which in your stage is rare).
But its a lot harder to go back.March 24, 2011 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #761623
There is a famous blog that talks about eruv and discusses the whole issue in great detail. I’m sure if you google any eruv related arguments you’ll come across that blog and you can get all the answers there.March 25, 2011 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #761624A Woman Outside BrooklynParticipant
The solution in another boro, that has a main thoroughfare running right down the middle of it, is that every year they close the street for x amount of time. As I understand it, it’s generally done on a Sunday morning when it’s not going to inconvenience too many people. This was R’Moshe’s solution. The eruv is recognized universally as being kosher.March 28, 2011 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #761625mosheroseMember
Rav Moshe and Rav Belsky both paskened that the eruv in brooklyn is assur. What else is thier to talk about?March 28, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm #761626YFRBachurParticipant
I’m just a bachur but I am very interested in eruvin. One thing I have learned it is among the most complicated sugyos in all of halacha. I heard in a shiur from Rav Moshe Dov Stein Ztz”l (an expert in eruvin,Posek In sheor yosuv) that the three hardest masechtos in shas are eruvim, yevamos and nidda.
No person in their right mind should insert their opinions on this sugyah at least until they learn the ENTIRE sugya BIYUN-shas, tur shulchan aruch rishonim achronim -at least a year in full time beis medrash.
you wouldn’t state opinions as though you are knowlegable in pysics cemistry or other secular subjects until you studyed them thouruly so why are people willing to argue on gedolei poskim-even rishonim!! when they realy have almost no clue what they are talking about.
there are many things i have seen on this thread where people have written things as if they are a dovar pashut, while realy they are a machlokes rishonim or achronimMarch 28, 2011 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm #761627i am hereMember
YFRBachur-way to go!!!!!!March 29, 2011 1:59 am at 1:59 am #761628
There are plenty of Rabbonim who allow it so there is no clear answer.March 29, 2011 2:09 am at 2:09 am #761629
There are plenty of Rabbonim who allow it so there is no clear answer.
I don’t think we can say there is no clear answer.
The ones who assur it are far greater than the ones who allow it. Nobody should use it. Even if their personal rav allows it, they should be machmir like Rav Moshe, since he was so much greater, and felt so strongly.March 29, 2011 2:59 am at 2:59 am #761630
I like when the argument gets to be about who is greater. And since no one can compare to Rav Moshe nobody elses opinion matters. The fact is there are Rabbonim who can argue on Rav Moshe. Also, if I told you that according to Chazon Ish eruv should be fine, does that mean I should tell you not to listen to anyone else?
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